20 October 2021

Kraft Thanks

 Hi Everyone, Well! what weather we are having, rain rain and more rain. I'm afraid this weather makes me not want to do anything, however I did a card while the sun the was shining a few days ago.

I saw a stamp on someone's blog and now can't remember where I saw it, sorry! I had to buy it, as it reminded me of a clover and a card I did a long while ago. I had bought some Kraft ready made cards for Christmas cards, (at least an idea, that doesn't seem to be working out) but, I stamped this around the card and then stamped the sentiment, I decided to colour the flowers and the leaves with DI's, not that it shows up well, but enough I thought.

As for the sentiment, I found a kraft digital paper in my files, so used it for the sentiment, computer generated then printed it and cut it with a die. Added it to the centre and voila! Although the heat distorted the card a bit, so after I took the photo, I had it under my Grand Calibur and plates, remember that, Yep! I still have mine!
 stamp - Penny Black Delicate Florals
ink - White Brilliance ink
ep - Papermania White embossing powder
Kraft card - Dovecraft
die - Julie Hickey

18 October 2021

Stamping & lots of piccies!

 Hi Everyone, I'm stamping again. I blended the background, and then stamped with blue, however I had to stamp twice and just moved the card, I hate waste! so I used some water and blended the most obvious parts, I think it's worked? You will be my judge! 

I also splashed some water over the whole card and added clear glaze in spots, all added to a navy card base and ribbon added. For all the faffing around I did on the card, I think it's OK. Maybe?

floral stamp - Woodware
sentiment stamp - Magazine freebie
inks - Distress Oxides
ribbon - stash
card - Jellybean Crafts

As this is a short post I thought I would show you the up to date, well a few weeks ago, piccies of our new fence and garden, you know I like boring you with the garden piccies. 😉 Look out for a "few". OR just scroll to the bottom. 

Sorry but none of these have been Photoshopped, so colours are not as bright as they should be. This shows the original grass line of the border, it's being reshaped and re grassed, to make the border about 2 feet wide, just 4 plants remain of the original shrubs, they were in the way of the fencers or the narrowing of the border, so had to be dug up. I have to say that my hubby is a hero for all the digging he has had to do at 78 years old.

this is the top corner which has been planted with a hydrangea and an Astilbe for the time being, more to come.

this is along the top border

towards the left top corner, the beans are gone now!

further along

the left top corner, still a mess, but one hebe planted and a saxifrage
still needing to be dug though 

this is the back of the garden, hubby has a new path and more digging to do, poor man.

I thought I would show you some pretty borders along the left side of the garden.
The dahlias are new this year and have put on a wonderful show.

a shame that some of this has to come up, being annuals. We
 have had a wonderful show this Summer.

That's all for now, I hope the lovely weekend weather that we have had in the UK, or at least in our part, got you ready for the rain that's due? 
Enjoy your week.

15 October 2021

Smiling Flowers

  Hi Everyone here I am with one of my 2 DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I needed a happy card for someone and this lovely image fitted the purpose.  I didn't add any sentiment or embellishments, as it had what I wanted, a sunny happy front of card and I could write what was needed inside.

I used my digital die cutting machine to cut the image out 3 times to lift it off the frame, then coloured it in DI's. I added it to a stitched rectangle frame. I had the dp sunflower paper, which matched and added that as a strip to the card, after cutting it into a banner shape, layering it onto the same blue card as the rectangle shape. The rectangle was then placed onto it with dimensionals. I added clear sparkle pen to the flower faces. I hope you are cheered by it too. 😄

image - QKR Stampede Smiling Flowers
dp - Audrey Roberts
die - Tonic 
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

12 October 2021

75 years old, but whose counting?

Hi Everyone, my card today is for my "old" friend who is now 75, she is 6 months older than me and it's been a joke for the last nearly 60 years, so of course I HAD to remind her how old she is.

I had used this kind of sentiment before and I know it's used in blogland, so I just worked out how many days her 75 years would be. Then after I sent it, I was thinking about the numbers for some reason and realised I hadn't used the leap years, it should have been 27,393 - drat! Silly me! OH! Well, I hope she doesn't work it out and realise I made her younger. 😁 It's as I said "whose Counting".

I started with the die cut, not really sure what I was going to do, then coloured it in DOs, I layered it onto gold mirror card, after sizing it to fit an A5 card. I added a corner piece from the off cuts of the die and cut a piece of  gold card with a stamen die, it sort of looks like a flower?

I looked for a digital image, as I wanted something funny and chose this fun image.  I printed it out after adding the sentiment in Photoshop.  I coloured it in DI's the same colours as the leaf die cut.  Then die cut it and inked around the edges. I added a die cut sentiment in gold card. It gave her a laugh and no she didn't work out the days! Whew! 
leaves die - Tattered Lace
image - Bugaboo (I miss them)
fonts - Tox Typewriter, ArabBruD, Aescudos.
circle die - Tonic
inks - Distress Oxide & Distress Inks
sentiment die - Card Making Magic


09 October 2021


 Hi Everyone, my card today is for my Great Great Niece Dorothy, who is 4 years old and such a little lady, that I had to make something feminine for her. 

I had a cut file from Lori Whitlock that I used as a pattern for the pop up card. I then went looking for paper and images to use. Luckily I have lots to choose from!

All are print and cut with extra layers on my digital die cutting machine. I had so much fun designing this for Dorothy. I started with looking for a mermaid and found a paper with lots on. I chose one and copied it from the paper in Photoshop. However I also had a digital stamp I thought I could use, indecision had me cut both out, but I chose the already coloured image. Call me lazy?

I added all the images to the pattern pieces.  After it was completed I used lots of glitter and sparkle, I thought she would like that. Shame you can't see how sparkly it is. I used fuchsia pink mirror card for the coral pieces, sentiment and age and silver for the shadow behind the sentiment and her age.
dp - sea layers Creative Fabrica
background sea/fish - ML Designs
mermaid - free paper Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine
fish - Printable Cuttable Creatables
wave - AW Aloha kit (2012)
font - KL Mermaid Tails Font Bundles
dies - First Edition 
mirror card - The Range 

This is the layout of my images, I wasn't sure which mermaid to use, so I printed both and decided on the already coloured image. the digital image is by Paper Nest Dolls

Love to Craft#63 ATG - Yep!

Crafty Catz #567  ATG / Girly - Yep!

06 October 2021

Black & White TMR

 Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for 

I love B&W cards so this was up my street. I had an image that I used here, I took it into my digital die cutting machine and cut him out in black card. I then embossed white and black card to see which I liked better, I inked them both with white and black ink and decided I liked both. I cased my own cards! 😀

I realised when adding the TMR logo, they could be brothers?

I printed the computer generated sentiment, which I die cut in a circle and rectangle, they were layered onto black and silver card as were the embossed cards. All placed onto the main card with gems added. 

image - Magazine freebie 2012
embossing folder - un-named
inks - Stazon, Brilliance Moonlight White
dies - Tonic
gems - stash
font - cupcake pastry

2 Sisters on the blog #55 Mens card - Yep!

01 October 2021

Silent Knight

 Hi Everyone here I am with one of  my 2 DT cards for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I love this Knight and have been waiting for an idea to let me use it. I have to admit to searching the web and this "quote" kept coming up, although not as a Christmas card, (that I could see) so that's the way I went!

I used my digital die cutting machine for the Knight and the tiny Santa. I print and cut 3 layers of each image, so much easier than fussy cutting for me. The paper background was printed and a white piece of card was printed with the quote and cut to size. I coloured the Knight in DI's. I added him to the embossed layer.  I then added clear sparkle pen to the armour and glitter to the trees and white shaped border and stars. I decided he needed wobbly eyes (to see Santa) so added them also.

inks - Distress Inks
tree die, one of a set of 3. Magazine freebie
ef - Crafters Companion - Snow.
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir
glue pen - Quickie Glue Pen
Silhouette Cameo

Knight with sparkle armour.

Sheepski Designs Challenges #55 hot/cold colours - Yep!

Dogs - Bark-day

     Hi Everyone, I have 2 DT cards today, this is for -

our new named blog
 with a few differences, under our new owner Kleido

although the rules are slightly different, we still have the same challenge

Anything Goes but they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...

I had a lot of choice with Critters, but I had these dog images by Kate Hadfield, that I loved and had to use. They came with others, but I decided to try my hand at "white" colouring, I'm not good at fur/hair, but I think they are OK, all the dogs are whitish breeds, so I used 3 for my card. 

I took all the images into the digital die cutting machine, with the frame and sentiment. I print and cut them out, with 3 layers for the dogs and sentiment and 2 for the frame and grass. I coloured the dogs with DI's and attached them all to the frame. I added background paper layered onto black for the base and attached the completed frame and images to the card, then added the sentiment. You may notice the frame is slightly off? Yep! one of those moments while I was sticking it on, that hubby distracted me with a cuppa. I was kind enough not to shout at him!

inks - Distress Inks 
sentiment - web idea
frame, sky, grass, background paper by different designers, 
if you would like info on any of them please contact me.
Silhouette Cameo

25 September 2021

Stamping and digital die cutting?

 Hi Everyone, I hope you're all well and things are good with you. Today I have something I never thought I would be able to do. Stamping and cutting out with the digital die cutting machine !

I saw a YouTube video that showed how to do it, (I've lost the link sorry) so I tried and although it's a little time consuming for layering, I think it may be OK occasionally, if wanted for a special card? I'm glad I tried it though.

Anyhow, this is the card I did. I printed cutting registration marks out, then stamped onto the marked printed paper, I scanned them into my PC. I merged them to my machine program, traced them and added an outline, as if they were die cut. I then put the registration marked and stamped paper into my machine and cut them. 

When they had been cut, I coloured the cut stamps with DI's.

I have this lovely blue pearlised paper in my stash, I wanted to emboss it, but was interrupted by a telephone call, I came back to my desk and carried on attaching the stamps with dimensionals to the paper, when I had added it all to the card, I realised I hadn't embossed. Must be an old age thing or too many things in my old mind hahaha.

I've added the images of the procedure, although, I guess, not many of you have a digital cutting machine. However it just shows what can be done. 

here is my card 
stamps are Magazine freebies from SCPC
inks - DI's 
blue paper - stash
drops - Nuvo Crystal Drops gold

I haven't given instructions, just shown how I did it, but if of you are interested please contact me and I'll explain what to do. This means that you can still stamp and emboss and then add it to a coloured background. 

the cut out stamps before colouring

the left over "die cut" paper
where you see the words on the top left, my paper moved on the cutting mat during cutting,  so I just used the images that cut OK.

22 September 2021

Learner driver

 Hi Everyone, would you believe it I am posting a "fresh" post, meaning not scheduled. Thank you all for your support and kind messages, things are so much better with my brother. I just need other things to go the same way and life will be much easier. I guess that's what a lot of people feel like. 

It was my GNiece's 17th birthday and she was going to get her learner license and a driving lesson on her birthday, so I just had to do a card for her containing both. 

I used the car die that I had used here and stamped a woman this time, onto to the acetate window. I searched the web for a map of the area she lives in and used that as a background. I computer generated the 17th birthday leaving a gap for the "L", which I fussy cut out. I cased the saying from the web and added 17 to make it relevant. The sentiment was stamped and cut with a die. Quite simple, but it took ages because of the map searching. 

I hope to be able to do a post more regularly now. I have a few cards I have done for family birthdays, so that should keep me posting a few times and hopefully I will start making cards again soon.

map - the web
stamps - Magazine freebies SCPC
die - Julie Hickey

this is the insert 
birds - Dunia Designs - Digital Press
car - the web, with personalised number plate added
laced pattern - Digital Scrapbook/Pixelscrapper (I think)


15 September 2021

Snake Beach

 Hi Everyone here I am with my DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I had done this snake HERE but decided to do her again as I loved it so much, this is completely different, I think you'll agree. 

I print and cut her on the digital cutting machine, I made her pink with DI's, I thought she would be a little sunburnt at the beach? and heat embossed to give her a shine, (she's got lots of suntan cream on)? The dp background is one I've had a long time, I added a sun on which I did rays in gold pen and sparkle pen on the face of the sun. The snake had to have some friends at the beach so I added the star fish and crab dies. I placed the beach sentiment and my card was done. I have to admit she makes me smile.

  Image -  Momma Snake QKR 
inks - Distress inks overlaid with Spectrum Noir markers
background - PC Hugware
sentiment - Create with TLC
dies - Crab & Star Fish - First Edition Dies
gold glitter pen - Uniball
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

showing the shine of the embossing

WOW! I was Top 5 here

I was in the Top 3 whoop whoop here -

06 September 2021

Lion King!

 Hi Everyone, I am slowly getting back into the run of things. Thank you for your many messages of support, I can't tell you how I have appreciated them.

Anyhow, I have a card today that I made during my down time, for our Great Great Nephew, who was one in August. He is a little Leo, so I decided to use a Disney Lion. I downloaded him amongst others, many years ago as freebie, from the Disney website. 

I couldn't think of anything to do at the time, so decided to case one of my own cards  here

I used the Silhouette to print and cut my images and shapes, including his name, at the time I needed quick and easy. I printed one layer of his name and added 3 white layers to offset as a shadow effect. The lion is 3 layers also, laid onto an oval shape, cut with the Cameo. The stars are 2 layers, the 1 is 3D'd. As is the star it's attached to. I embossed the background for a little texture. Everything placed onto gold mirror card. The only colouring on this are the edges of the stars. The sentiment was printed also and added to the bottom. Very simple, but as much as I could manage. 

lion - Disney image
name/number - KAagard alpha
paper/stars - Just So Scrappy
mirror card - stash
ef - Craftwell Modern Stripe

01 September 2021

Baking and sad news

    Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, this is for

Anything Goes but they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...
This is our last challenge!  After almost 5 years, we are closing our doors, 
unless someone wants to step forward and take over 2 Crafty Critter Crazies to keep it going.  If you are interested, email NanaConnie at 2craftycrittercrazies@gmail.com.  
The majority of the DT would love to stay on but for me, it's time for a change.  
We'll award the final prize between September 25 and September 30.


We have good news!

We have been saved!

We have a new administrator - Kleido

We will have the same Design Team

We will have a few new changes in October

So don't forget to come back and see us again soon!

I wasn't too sure what to do with this wonderful Baking Mama Bear but I love the image, I decided to go fun when I found this sentiment, I think it suits her and it could have been I was thinking that day?

I coloured her in Distress inks, after printing her out onto a coloured background and including the pinafore and sentiment. I cut out the rectangle shape after colouring her and layered it onto black card as I did with the papers and the cupcake. I then glazed her eyes.

inks - Distress inks
sentiment - the web
 papers - Paper Garden Projects (Old papers)
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze


 Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, this is for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I did this card for our son, who's birthday was in the middle of August, he doesn't like me reminding him of his age, I've told you before - BUT I HAVE To. I think it's funny. Bless him don't you feel sorry for him? 😄

I saw this image and to remind him he's getting on, I thought medieval would work! Well he loved the Game of Thrones, so thought it around the same period?  

I looked for a castle image in my files, such strange images I have and this popped up in the middle of lots of castle examples. Perfect I thought! We have lots of castles in Wales, however I couldn't find my photos of them without a lot of searching! I should have named them!  

I printed the background and the digi with the sentiment included, I used the medieval term of Oyez! I then painted it in DI's, which didn't go too well onto the card I used sadly, I think I got away with it though. Next I layered the whole image onto black card. Then some glaze, I love adding glaze to these images, the eyes are so expressive.

inks - Distress inks
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
castle -  Digital Scrapbooking at Pixelscrapper.
lots of other mixed dp for the road and grass


Natures Bounty TMR

 Hi Everyone, I have 3 DT cards today, this is for 

It's Nature's Bounty, so I decided to use stamps with some seeds/fruit of the season. At least stamps that I had! 

I coloured 2 pieces of card with DO's, one for the sentiment and one for the border on the card. I stamped the sentiment with black ink and fussy cut it out, then layered it onto black card and fussy cut it again. Next I stamped over the second coloured card with black ink and coloured the fruit with DI's. I loved the colours that came out with the DI's onto the DO's. I added gold mica powder to parts of the seeds/fruit and splattered it onto the rest of the card. I'm now thinking that perhaps I should also have splattered it onto the white card. I may do that. 

I added a car die cut of gold card and stamped a man's head onto the acetate window. The wheels are from black card. I thought it could be someone off for fun and to collect Natures Bounteous seeds/fruits of the season? OH! dear the way my mind works! 

All stamps and dies are freebies from SCP magazine
black ink - Stazon
inks - DO's Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed
inks - DI's - Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy,
 Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves, Pine Needles
mica powder - Rich Gold Pixie Powder 
acetate - Stix

the splatters of gold mica